Terrain Park Safety

Understanding Park SMART

Every Feature. Every time.

Make a Plan

Things happen fast in this sport. Stack the deck in your favor with a plan—envisioning everything you need to do to—and visualize yourself doing it successfully. 

  • Preview terrain before you attempt it, as it can often be difficult to see the entire story from upslope. Take a warm up lap and scope the features (i.e. go around the jumps first, not over them).
  • Your speed, approach, and takeoff directly affect both your tricks and your landing. If someone else hits the feature before you, see what speed works (or doesn’t!) for them. Be aware that features constantly change throughout the day due to weather, usage, grooming, and time of day.
  • Take the time to read signs and heed hazard markers and flags.
  • Use a spotter.  They can see new hazards (like an unaware skier entering the feature incorrectly).  If you crash, they can signal to those above you to wait.

Always use the Terrain Park Mantra: Pre-ride, Re-ride, Free-ride
Know Your Limits. Land On Your Feet.

Take it Easy

Ready for a few hot laps through the park? To make the most of your time, keep these points in mind:
  • Practice the tricks you can already nail before moving on to bigger variations.
  • Try new variations of your tricks on small features before moving to large features. 
  • Start on (or close to) the ground, and move up from there. For example, working on your backside 360? Try spinning on the ground, and then a rail or a box before you move onto a big tabletop. 

Remember that freestyle skills are all about control, whether you’re on the ground or in the air. Your abilities and experience dictate whether you’ll land a trick, or get injured in the process. (Because inverted aerials increase your risk of injury, we don’t recommend them.)
Make this lap one more of many, and take it easy. Trust us:  you won’t regret it.


On the Jump
Vector graphic of a rider calling a drop in the Terrain Park
Call Your Drop

It’s almost go time! Just as respect is key in all aspects of park riding, so too is calling your drop. You’ve seen it in ski and snowboard movies:  what is it that every pro does before launching?

They call it.

Signal you’re going next by raising one arm in the air and calling out that you’re going as you slowly move forward towards the feature.

Vector graphic skier blocking a jump to signal a closed jump
Closed Jump
Sometimes the best efforts still end in a crash:  help others out by signalling when someone has fallen. Close the jump by doing the following:
  • Stand your skis in the snow vertically (so they are sticking up out of the snow) in an X shape. If you have a snowboard, do the same (but you’ll make just a capital I). Position your gear so that riders coming from above can clearly see that the jump is closed (i.e. at the highest point of the takeoff).
  • Physically block the feature if someone else is attending to the injured skier/rider.
  • Call Ski Patrol if necessary.

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